Beer Can Races are back on San Francisco Bay!

It’s fantastic to be racing again, with proper safety precautions. Richmond Yacht Club has been enjoying strong Wednesday night turnouts for the past few weeks, including five Alerion Express 28s racing last night. The fleet is growing!

A fantastic photo, below, by RYC’s own, Ornaith Keane


Great Latitude 38 coverage of the RYC Beer Can Racing series, and the Alerion Express 28 fleet!

Tom Burden wrote a great story in Latitude 38, (July 1, 2020) covering the Richmond Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Beer Can Races…. and featured Chris Sullivan’s excellent drone footage…check it out!


Fleet update in the time of Corona….and another (!) AE28 wanted on the San Francisco Bay….

Dear Fellow Alerion 28 Sailors,

I hope you and your families are all well.  I have nothing new to report nor will I endeavor to guess when racing will return to SF Bay.  I will leave those sorts of announcements to official sources.  The Alerion 28 is a great boat – even better when you consider its prowess for shorthanded sailing.  Denise and I have seen many of you out enjoying your boats on the Bay over the past few weeks.  We hope to see more of you out sailing when the is time right – whenever that is…

Once there is a clear path to some sort of organized racing, I will reach back to our fleet to reestablish an event calendar for the remainder of the season.  I think the theme of keeping it simple and getting more boats out sailing will resonate even more strongly than before.

Stay well!



PS – BOAT WANTED:  Bruce Munro (on copy) is looking for an Alerion 28.  Let’s try to help Bruce locate a local boat.  Please contact him directly at if you are interested in selling your boat. Thank you.


Mystery AE28 on SF Bay

Patricia, a beautiful AE 28 was recently spotted on San Francisco Bay. The SF Bay fleet would love to know who she belongs to and where she is berthed. Any ideas? Let us know at


Yanmar single cylinder problems?

Steve Chamberlin was experiencing overheating and related problems with his one cylinder Yanmar. Rather than fight the limited engine access below decks to service the engine, he took a more complete approach to the problem:

From Steve: The long term problem with the single cylinder Yanmar is salt build up between the head and block.  The head cannot be removed in the boat because of clearance problems.  Bill Ingle (Bill’s Marine Service) replaced my engine with a completely rebuilt unit, $4,500, 4 hours.


Another interested AE28 buyer in the SF Bay area.

In addition to Ted (who’s contact information I posted last week) another experienced Bay Area sailor, John A., is interested in finding a local boat. If you are considering selling yours or know of another boat which may be available and not currently on the market, please be in touch with Ted at and John at -Thanks!


Great AE28 photos from Rich Baker

Rich Baker, former owner of AE28 ‘Lizbeth’ here on San Francisco Bay recently provided a treasure trove of great AE28 photos. I have them in a Dropbox folder now in order to make them available to anyone who has interest…. Take a look at the link, below. Thanks, Rich!



Considering parting with your Alerion Express 28?

I know….who would ever part with their AE28?! But in the event you are considering making a change, please be in touch with Ted. He is an experienced SF Bay sailor who is contemplating purchasing a 28 to race and daysail. He asked that we put a notice on the site with his contact information. His email address is



San Francisco AE28 Fleet Meeting NotesJanuary 12, 2020

ALERION 28 2020 Season:

1.  Season objective:  Encourage and promote AE28 sailing in SF Bay with new and seasoned owners; get as many boats out sailing/racing on a regular basis; make the class as “fun” as possible with RYC being the epicenter of activity.
2.  RYC Wednesday Evenings:  (APR-SEP) To make #1 possible, we agreed to try to get the boats out sailing throughout the season with the hope of getting our own one-design start for RYC Beer Can (one-design; no kites) or we can start with the other boats (Fred can discuss with Eric).
3.  Season events:  The following 8 one-design events (no kites) were proposed as the AE28 SF Bay Series (Fred, please set Intra-club dates):

07MAR – Big Daddy (Sat only; cumulative score for day)

16 MAY – RYC Intra-club #1

13 or 20 JUN – RYC Intra-club #2

18JUL – YRA #4 Knox

*29AUG – RYC Intra-club #3

*29AUG – YRA #5 Southampton

26SEP – RYC Intra-club #4

24OCT – Great Pumpkin (Sat only; cumulative score for day)

* – Based on last year’s Intra-club schedule 29AUG is the logical placeholder, but YRA#5 is already scheduled for that Saturday (Fred, please consider moving RYC#3 to 08 or 15AUG).  We need to resolve the schedule for August as well as setting the other RYC Intra-club dates.
Note 1:  In recognition of other obligations outside of sailing, our 8 one-design season will permit 2 throw-outs (entire day) so only your best six events will count towards the season results.  This generous scoring accommodation is designed to help support our season objective of building participation and having fun plus it doesn’t discriminate against Fred/Jennifer who graciously run the Big Daddy and Great Pumpkin events and, in all likelihood, couldn’t race those days.
4. Measurement:  I will leave that task to Ron to coordinate.  I suggest including Will Paxton in the process since Quantum built the two newest suits of ODR sails (FRANCES & SWEET DE).
5.  AE28 Clinic:  I’m all for sharing information and wisdom amongst the class.  There are lots of ways to do that formally and informally.  Rather than schedule another day for a separate clinic, I suggest the following three approaches:
a.  After-race beer and discussion

b.  More experienced AE28 sailors jump onboard less experienced AE28 sailor’s boats for a Wednesday evening beer can race to coach

c.  “Winner of Day” of our seasonal events writes a brief summary of what went right and what went wrong for them on the course that day – Sam can post on our website 
6.  AE28 Website:   Sam is already doing a great job of adding content (write-ups and photos), but we should all contribute to this effort.  I believe that the two biggest factors in improving the Alerion 28 brand (and maintaining the value of our boats…) is having other sailors see 4-6+ AE28’s out racing throughout the season and having a relevant web presence for those thinking about buying a boat and joining the fun.
7.  Other racing:  Let’s focus on Wednesday nights and our planned Season Events and get out as many boats as possible.  But, some of us may also want to do other PHRF events on the Bay like CYC mid-winters, 3BF, SSS, etc.  I’m going to try a bunch of these PHRF events and plan to use my kite.   We’ll try to keep everyone informed of who’s doing what throughout the season.
8.  My contact info:  Chris and Denise Kramer [SWEET DE / 254].

editor’s note: we will get a Fleet Captain email soon and put the link here…


Alerions at work in the 2019 Vallejo 1-2 races

The SF Alerion fleet showed well in the Vallejo 1-2 races, with three 28s, (Frances, Sobrante and Zenaida) a 33 (Bella) and a 38-1 (Surprise!) participating. A few photos of the action are posted here…. Conditions varied from mild to (not quite) wild over the two days. Granted, it’s hard to get good photos from the back of the pack…but it was a fun weekend.